Arrest and imprisonment ruined my crayfish business — Obasanjo

By AdvocateNews on 06/12/2020

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 712

Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he did not only engage in crayfish farming business but also pioneered its association, lamenting however that his arrest, detention and imprisonment by the then military dictator, General Sani Abacha, ended the once promising venture.

Obasanjo, however, said he is already re -strategizing in conjunction with other Catfish farmers on how to reposition the subsector, boost the country’s crayfish productivity and income for the operators.

The elder statesman and foremost poultry farmer disclosed this at the weekend when the farmers, under the aegis of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), met with him as a founding member of the body at the boardroom of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He expressed satisfaction in returning to the association, after an interregnum, assuring that the industry would be at enviable heights in no distant future if they all worked together as a body.

“I started the Poultry Farmers Association and as a result of its achievements, that was why I began the catfish association too. What put me off was that I was arrested, detained and I was imprisoned. “When I came back, I had thought I could return to my farming business before I was taken to the golden cage in Abuja. I will say it has been an interregnum. But, I am back home now,” he said.

The CAFAN Grand Patron also said that farmers had been overwhelmed by the intermediaries in the industry, emphasising that there was need to change the situation in order to make headway in the industry.

“The situation in the catfish farming is caused by the farmers, because the farmers have allowed these intermediaries who do nothing to be dictating for them. You are the ones working and they are the ones making the profit. It shows that the farmers are not liberating themselves.

“And if you want to liberate yourself, within a year, we can do it. And that is what we have to do. We have to re-strategise,” Obasanjo disclosed.

He commended the leadership for it steadfastness under the new Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria, as he formally enjoined the leadership to join at the December 29 showcasing of his aquaculture venture to the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The National President of CAFAN, Sunday Musa Onoja, said the exemplary traits of the former President in farming could not be overemphasized in and outside the country, adding that the association would no doubt tap from his experience to take catfish farming to the next level.

The association’s identification card (ID) was presented to Obasanjo by the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Chief Tayo Akingbolagun, while the Vice President (Southwest) Prince Olorunfemi Sunday, the Ogun State Coordinator, Dr. Jaji Kehinde, and other members from Ogun, Ekiti, Oyo, Lagos watched in admiration.

Posted 06/12/2020 07:43:21 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Arthur Eze alive, hale, hearty

IG writes Osinbajo, requests to search Daura’s house...

IGP accuses Saraki of trying to divert attention...

How Boko Haram insurgents ‘attempted’ to invade Borno...

Awka, Onitsha, others shut down as Anambra residents...

My agric program will make Anambra Farmers millionaires...

EFCC busts yahoo yahoo school, arrests 12 suspects...

Dismissed US soldier nabbed in Owerri for defrauding...

Fulani groups accuse Buhari’s govt of neglect, say...

Tension in Ebonyi as Umahi seals off hotel...

PDP demands review of Buhari S’Court victory, return...

Ireland to return €5.5m Abacha loot

 

Latest News Seven university professors, 65 others elevated to SAN How female graduate awaiting NYSC call-up was lured, killed Anambra 2021: Supreme Court declares Ozigbo authentic PDP candidate Enugu fire Service releases emergency call lines, gets two additional water tankers Supreme Court drops SAN designate 24 hours after endorsement FG blames Nnamdi Kanu for murder of Akunyili’s husband, Gulak, 184 others Terrorists who tried to overthrow me are in Nigeria –Turkey President BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu brought to court amidst tight security Nnamdi Kanu trial: Journalists barred from entering courtroom Commotion in court as DSS bars unaccredited lawyers from witnessing Nnamdi Kanu’s trial Nnamdi Kanu appears in Abuja court for trial BREAKING: I’m not guilty, Kanu tells court in response to FG’s amended charge

 

Most Read Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (190,856 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (190,855 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (190,855 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (190,854 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (190,854 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (190,854 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (190,853 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (190,705 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (186,377 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (185,696 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (148,356 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (146,665 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (158) EDITORIAL (18) NEWS (6,983) POLITICS (495) SOCIETY (131) SPORTS (53) BUSINESS (367) HEALTH (58) EDUCATION (49) ENTERTAINMENT (51) INTERNATIONAL (178) TECHNOLOGY (6) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (39)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.